It's a short trip to get away from it all this summer, courtesy the Linton Public Library's "Novel Destinations" program.
The loosely structured adult reading program offers an array of events, from films about world travel to musical performances and photo exhibits.
"(Participants) don't have to be there at a certain time like the kids do. It's more a case where they can go with the flow," said Michelle Zentko, the adult services librarian.
Admission to the events is free, though some require reservations and sign-ups at the library.
There's even a chance for adult readers to win weekly prizes by answering quizzes or completing brief book reports.
"They can read whatever they want, though we'd prefer they read library books, obviously," Zentko said. "Then, once they're done with the book, they can pick up a short voucher, fill it out, and put it in a box for a drawing for prizes."
Among the weekly prize packages offered, Zentko said, are gift baskets containing three DVDs popcorn, free books and reading lights, and a car wash and detail kit.
Those who successfully complete quizzes distributed by the library about programs and events can also win smaller prizes, such as a haircut or earrings.
A program by photographer John Bower featuring Indiana's disappearing heritage was already featured June 2 as the season's kick-off. So far, around 20 people are participating, library officials said.
Programs will continue through mid-July.
Among the events planned during the six-week program:
* Weekly lunches every Wednesday from noon until 1 p.m. Particpants are urged to bring sack lunches and socialize, playing card and board games.
* Movie night: "Eat, Pray, Love," 6 p.m. Tuesday. All movie nights will feature free popcorn and drinks, most likely punch, Zentko said.
* Movie night: "Leap Year" 6 p.m. June 21.
* "Tea Time Around the World," featuring a video on tea manufacturing and five teas to sample, 6 p.m. June 30.
* Movie night: "Mamma Mia!", 6 p.m. July 12.
* "A Musical Interlude with Sarah Moore" -- Moore, who has also performed at the Bloomfield Public Library, will perform songs of travel at 1 p.m. July 16. Reservations are necessary, though the event will be free, due to reserved seating.
* Movie night: "Prince of Persia" 6 p.m. July 19.
Zentko, who began work at the library last winter, ultimately hopes to work up to a winter reading program.
She could eventually institute efforts similar to "The Big Read," held in larger cities, where participants read the same book and discuss it.
"We're working toward things like that, and things like book clubs where people read novels and discuss them."